Here comes Tobar was a very short lived Sci-Fi television program. I don't know very much about this program that ran in 1957. It is about a crime fighting robot named Tobor and it is controlled telepathically by a little boy.
If any of you know anything about this show please let me know so I can post it.
April 29, 2015 Subject:
It Failed For A Reason
Wow. I can see why nobody wanted to pick up this pilot.
A lot of stock footage is intercut with unconvincing cheap sets a kindergartener wouldn't buy. The dialogue is putrid and no one involved could act. The "scientific" talk is a bunch of gobbledygook. The main characters attempt to explain away all the implausibilities scientifically but it only makes it worse.
The premise is that a little boy named Tommy, (with top-secret clearance, mind you) controls a robot with ESP. The robot is slow and makes mechanical noises. It looks like a giant puppet because it IS a giant puppet. For some unfathomable reason, the producers decided not to give the robot a voice or personality, so it isn't really a character.
The plot makes no sense. First, there's a "missing" atomic submarine- but they know where it is. A bunch of planes go down due to something called an "interceptor ray." That's plausible enough, but now the navy wants the incapacitated sub back. The scientific minds here hatch a needlessly complicated plan that starts out with sending in the robot inside a guided missile. Of course, the little boy gets shot up in the missile as well. How do you accidentally send up a second-grader in a missile?
Now you're going to ask, "When do escaped Nazi scientists show up and kidnap the kid?" Don't worry, they've got you covered.
If you're a fan of really bad low-budget sci-fi's, you're in for a treat.
October 22, 2010 Subject:
Tobor the Great
I remember the movie, and my sister and I watched it back then, we watched it last year with our projector! Awesome.
I found this title of Tobor and the Atomic Submarine on EMULE. But it would not complete the download. So I am STOKED that it is here! I kind of remember maybe seeing it back in the 50's as a kid, it looks familiar to me. Maybe they showed it but nothing came of it. Too, bad, it was Kick A$$!
May 25, 2010 Subject:
A movie was made called TOBOR THE GREAT.A possible tv spinoff was made and not very sucessful,called Hear comes tobor.
May 25, 2010 Subject:
"Dudley" was ...
Carl Ward Dudley was the Executive Producer (uncredited) and Writer for the 1954 film "Tobor The Great". His credits also include a series of shorts, including dozens under the "This World Of Ours" banner and a segment of "South Seas Adventure", a Cinerama travelogue. A reference to his name pops up in the TV pilot as Fleet Admiral Dudley.
July 16, 2009 Subject:
Because Tobor is Robot spelled backwards
According to Google, IMDB and the Internet Archive (this place) Dudley Pictures Corporation is better known for making safety, travel and industrial films. Two exceptions are the single episode of Tobor and a theatrical release called East of Kilimanjaro.
Most sources show 1957 as the release date of "East" and they put Tobor at 1954, squarely in the middle of the kids show space craze.
Also a very remote possibility this was a quasi-military recruiting effort. The Korean War was unpopular and attracting people to military service was difficult. The draft helped, but more were needed. Hollywood released a number of films about the excitement and glory of the Air Force and Navy during that time.
Perhaps Dudley thought they could cash in on the space craze, the show is certainly no worse the Tom Corbett, et al, but the industrial/government film making connection is curious.
June 6, 2009 Subject:
If I'm not mistaken--
If I'm not mistaken, this was an unsold pilot based around the robot character/costume from the 1954 film 'Tobor the Great' (not a series, just a pilot that didn't go to series).